Mask Together For Business

Let’s help businesses thrive in Gaston County.

By wearing face masks, we can all help restore local jobs, our economy, and have our favorite restaurants and shops quickly return to business as usual.

Mask Together For Family

Let’s protect the health and safety of our families.

Young children and older adults are at risk of contracting the virus, especially those with compromised health conditions. Protect your loved ones by wearing a mask!

Mask Together For Friends

Be a friend and protect those around you by wearing your mask!

Many of those with COVID-19 are unaware they are carrying the virus. It’s estimated that 40% of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, but can potentially transmit the virus to others. Those percentages are greatly reduced by wearing a mask!


We need your help to protect our community from COVID-19. You just need to follow three easy steps:

  • Download the SlowCOVIDNC app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  • Enable Bluetooth and Exposure Notifications.
  • Opt-in to receive notifications.

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Play it Safe, Gaston!

There are plenty of reasons to play it safe this season. Who are you playing it safe for? Family, friends, and local businesses need our help. 

When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, get tested. 

You can wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands often throughout the season to play it safe for businesses, family and friends. These simple, yet powerful actions can drastically slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the flu.

How to Wear Your MaskSchedule Free COVID-19 Testing

Mask Meter

Activities by Risk Level

Roll over the card below to see the risk.


  • Shopping Online
  • Home Exercise
  • Zoom
  • Attending a virtual church service
  • Shopping Online
  • Virtual doctor’s visit
  • Home exercise


  • Takeout
  • Drive Through Christmas Town USA
  • Pumping gasoline
  • Curbside or takeout food
  • Drive through ChristmasTown USA with your family
  • Walking at Rankin Lake with a household member


  • Snow Tubing
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Hiking
  • Socially distanced snow tubing
  • Grocery shopping
  • Staying at a hotel
  • Hiking with a friend at Crowder’s Mountain


  • Medical Office Visit
  • Retail Shopping Outdoor
  • Medical office visit
  • Retail shopping
  • Working in someone’s home (cleaning, home repair services)
  • Outdoor dining on your favorite Gaston County patio


  • Taxi Service
  • Shopping
  • Church Outdoors
  • Zoo
  • Taxi or ride-sharing service
  • Shopping at a mall
  • Attending church outdoors
  • Visiting a zoo

Risks vary depending on: size of space, time of interaction, crowd size, and forceful exhalation (like sneezing or singing).

ALWAYS wear a mask when around others outside of those you live with.


  • Small Gathering
  • Self Serve Parties
  • Orchards
  • Small outdoor gathering with friends
  • Public restrooms
  • Self-serve food parties - Self Serve Parties
  • Visiting orchards or tree farms


  • Indoor Dining
  • Hair Salons
  • Crowded Parade
  • Indoor dining
  • Hair or nail salons
  • Hugging or shaking hands
  • Attending crowded parades


  • Small Wedding
  • Gym
  • Crowded Store
  • Attending a small wedding or funeral
  • Working out at a gym
  • Shopping at crowded stores
  • Visiting with grandchildren who have been in school/daycare


  • Air Travel
  • Indoor Holiday Party
  • Sports
  • Air travel
  • Attending an indoor holiday party
  • Using public transportation
  • Playing contact sports


  • Bars & Nightclubs
  • Indoor Music Concert
  • Bars & nightclubs
  • Attending a worship service at full capacity
  • Attending an indoor music concert
  • Going to a large sporting event

Who is impacted most in Gaston County?

Young adults (20-39) make up 37% of our cases

Over half of cases are individuals 39 and younger

Latinx 1 out of 4 cases

African Americans 1 out of 4 deaths

89% of cases are under the age of 65 (or 0-64)

29% of deaths connected to outbreaks at long-term care facilities

*Gaston County Health and Human Services

Need Help? Covid Resources Are Here

Take steps to care for yourself and help protect others in your home and community. Learn more below.

Sign up for Gaston County Emergency Alerts

Gaston County CARE Plan Assistance

Small Business Bridge Loan (Up to $5,000)

Gaston County Virus Relief Fund

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Gaston Government COVID Information

CaroMont Health

Centers for Disease Control

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Gaston Government COVID Information

CaroMont Health

Centers for Disease Control

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Rev. Darial A. Jackson with St. John's Missionary Baptist Church-Gastonia says his church has been closed since the beginning of March. They will continue with virtual service because right now it's too risky. 

Rev. Jackson said, "We can beat this but we need to be proactive. Wear your mask and wash your hands."

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Gaston County resident Richard Wright tested positive for COVID-19 3 months ago and spent six days in the ICU.  He is home now and improving but is still experiencing lung issues and has not been cleared to return to work.

His family is asking the community to take COVID-19 seriously. Richard’s wife Ellen says, “He is young, healthy, and in great shape. We never thought it would affect him this way.  This could literally happen to anyone. You never know who will be severely impacted by this virus.  It could be you, your spouse, child, friend, neighbor, co-worker, church member- who knows?  Playing it safe is not only beneficial to your health but also your loved ones and those around you.” 

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What are you doing this holiday weekend? We’ve put together an easy guide we’re calling our #maskmeter.  Here are some of the activities we consider a risk level TEN:
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•Attending a worship service at full capacity
•Attending an indoor music concert
•Going to a large sporting event

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